MADURAI FRIDAY NOVEMBER 29, 2019 `6.00 PAGES 16 LATE CITY EDITION Shiv Sena skips Hindutva, harps on secularism Shiv Sena, known for hard Hindutva, agrees to toe the secular line. “The alliance partners commit to uphold the secular values enshrined in the Constitution,” says the preamble of the CMP FARM LOAN WAIVERS, JOBS FOR LOCALS The Common Minimum It also calls for a Programme of Sena- new law to ensure NCP-Congress combine 80% reservation promises immediate in jobs for local/ loan waiver for farmers domicile youth The new govt proposes to fill up vacant state govt posts immediately SOPS FOR WOMEN / GIRLS Girls from economically weaker sections to be given free education Unemployed educated youth will be offered fellowships, it says Women’s hostels to be built in cities and dist headquarters Higher honorarium and better service conditions for anganwadi teachers Shiv Sena workers in a celebratory mood near Shiv Sena Bhavan | PTI 0% LOANS, CLINICS Health insurance for all citizens of Maharashtra 0% interest `1 clinics at education loans for Taluk levels for Two coordination children of farm all pathological Subsidised committees, one for labourers and poor tests meal @ `10 cabinet and one for allies 500 sq ft FREE HOMES INSTEAD OF 300 SQ FT UNDER SLUM REHABILITATION SCHEME CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI Uddhav gets down to business after taking oath as CM Congratulations to Uddhav Thackerayji on taking oath. I am confident he will work diligently for the bright future of Maharashtra Narendra Modi, Prime Minister Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray greets his supporters after swearing-in as Maharashtra CM in Mumbai on Thursday | PTI Ajit not in for now Chavan misses the bus Ex-CMs, Stalin present The ‘will he, won’t he’ guessing game on Ajit Pawar’s entry into the Cabinet as Dy CM continued as he did not take oath. His loyalists are pressuring Sharad Pawar to give him the slot He was so near to a cabinet berth and yet so far. The Congress dropped former CM Ashok Chavan from the list after the ED started sniffing into the Adarsh society scam again Sharad Pawar, Manohar Joshi, Sushilkumar Shinde, Ashok Chavan, Prithviraj Chavan and Devendra Fadnavis, all of them ex-CMs, attended. Also present was DMK boss M K Stalin People expect the alliance to provide cohesive, purposeful, responsible, responsive and transparent administration Sonia Gandhi Congress chief Dalit girl found dead, kin allege rape E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai A 20-year-old Dalit girl from Kancheepuram was found hanging in a private garden on Thursday morning with stab marks and burns on her body . The girl’s father said in a police complaint that he suspects a man, with whom the girl was believed to be in a relationship, and a few others to have gang raped and murdered his daughter. The deceased was identified as Rani (name changed) from Aandi Siruvallur village near Walajabad, who was working in a p r ivat e c o m p a ny i n Kancheepuram. She was last seen with Rajesh (30) from Karai village, who is working in a private company. Police have apprehended him under suspicion. VCK and CPM cadre blocked traffic near the Kancheepuram Collector’s office alleging that the police are helping the caste Hindus who gangraped and murdered the girl. “On November 21, Rani did not return from work. After a futile search, her family lodged a complaint at the Kancheepuram taluk police BJP censures Pragya, axes her from Parl defence panel station on November 23. On Wednesday, police received information that a girl was found dead in a private garden 2 km from Rani’s house. The garden belongs to a politician,” said Kalaichelvan, Kanchi DSP . Though the girl was found with burns, the police registered a case under Section 306 of the IPC (Abetment to suicide) and SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, claiming that she was found hanging, and gangrape and murder can be confir med only after a post-mortem. Body found with burns, stab marks The girl had not returned home from work on November 21 and her family members complained to police on November 23. She was found hanging at a private garden on November 27, with burns and stab marks on her body. BETTER GOVERNANCE EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi THE Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday came down hard on controversy loving party MP from Bhopal, Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, for her now-expunged remarks on Nathuram Godse. Defence Minister and deputy leader of the Lok Sabha Rajnath Singh intervened during an Opposition protest in the Lok Sabha, saying, “We condemn the statement of Sadhvi Pragya Thakur and we also strongly reject the philosophy behind praising the assassin of Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhi is the guide of the nation and his ideals would remain ever relevant.” Meanwhile, BJP’s working president J P Nadda told re por ters that T hakur would be removed from the Parliamentary Consultative Committee on Defence. “She will also be not attending the Parliamentary party meeting of the BJP in the current session. The BJP strongly condemns her remarks,” he added. Her comments had triggered an uproar in Parliament, putting the BJP in poor light. The remark was made while she interrupted DMK’s A Raja during the debate on the SPG amendment Bill. Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam at the inauguration of the newly-created Ranipet district on Thursday | S DINESH TIRUPATTUR, RANIPET DISTRICTS TAKE SHAPE EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Tirupattur/Ranipet FULFILLING the long-pending demand of the people of Tirupattur, a new district with the town as its headquarters was inaugurated by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Thursday . For decades, people and political parties had been clamouring for the creation of a separate district. In fact, a district with Tirupattur as headquarters was formed in 1790, but was merged with the combined Salem district later. After 229 years, Tirupattur has become a separate district again. Palaniswami also inaugurated Ranipet district at another function held at noon. The formation of Ranipet district is a surprise for people in the industrial hub because they never sought for one, whereas residents of Arakkonam had been demanding a separate district. Palaniswami attacked DMK treasurer and former PWD Minister Durai Murugan for his ridiculing the creation of new districts. “Didn’t the DMK government for m new districts,” Palaniswami asked, saying smaller districts will improve administration. Palaniswami accused Stalin of trying to scuttle civic body polls adding the DMK is afraid of facing elections. Deputy CM O Panneerselvam, Revenue Minister RB Udayakumar and Minister for Commercial Taxes KC Veeramani spoke at the function. TIRUPATTUR `50 cr will be spent on setting up a sandalwood research centre and `21 crore on an indoor sports stadium RANIPET `90 cr will be spent to set up govt polytechnic colleges in Ranipet, Arakkonam Seeks full info on schemes currently underway for farmer welfare; six ministers with loads of experience — two each from Sena, NCP and Congress — sworn in A B H I J I T M U LY E @ Mumbai EXACTLY five weeks after Maharashtra elections threw up a hung Assembly and made Mumbai the epicenter of an intense political drama, Uddhav Bal Thackeray was sworn in on Thursday as chief minister at the iconic Shivaji Park in Dadar. A small cabinet comprising six ministers — two each from the three allies — was also sworn in by Governor B S Koshyari. The ones who made it are Shiv Sena legislature party leader Eknath Shinde and Subhash Desai; NCP legislature party leader Jayant Patil and Chhagan Bhujbal; and Congress legislature party leader Balasaheb Thorat and Dr Nitin Raut. While Bhujbal has earlier worked as deputy chief minister and had handled home and other important portfolios, Jayant Patil has hands-on experience as finance minister. Thorat was revenue minister in Prithviraj Chavan’s cabinet while Dr Raut was minister for water supply . Shiv Sena’s Shinde was health and PWD minister in the Fadnavis cabinet while Desai handled the industries department. While the Cabinet is loaded with experience, the only one who does not have administrative experience is Uddhav himself. After the ceremony, the three-par ty Maha Vikas Aghadi got down to business, holding a coordination meeting of the allies. Uddhav then held his first Cabinet meeting, which took two decisions, one of which was to allot `20 crore for the conservation of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s capital in Raigad Fort. It was seen as tokenism to appease the Shiv Sena cadre. The real big decision to give ample relief to farmers will be announced in a couple of days. Uddhav said he has asked the chief secretary for details on all schemes being implemented for the welfare of farmers. “You may call it a white paper or whatever. I said that I want to know the truth. We have seen while touring Maharashtra that farmers are getting little assistance. We are committed to change the picture. Once I get the information, we shall take decisions,” he told the media. At the Aghadi meeting, sources said the issue of Ajit Pawar, who has been insisting on the deputy chief minister’s post, was possibly discussed, but it could not be confirmed. Ajit had jumped ship and joined hands with the BJP which gave him , the deputy CM post. He, however, returned after finding no traction within the NCP and is pushing hard for his honourable rehabilitation. EXPRESS READ Karvy moves SAT against Sebi order Trinamool bags all 3 seats in bypoll Karvy Stock Broking on Thursday moved the Securities Appellate Tribunal seeking immediate relief from the Sebi order. Karvy has roped in law firm Vishesha Law Services and the tribunal has posted the matter for hearing on Friday. Sebi had barred the firm from adding new customers. Kolkata: The ruling Trinamool in West Bengal bagged all three Assembly seats where bypolls were held, wresting two of them, Kaliaganj and Kharagpur Sadar, for the first time. The third seat was Karimpur. Kaliaganj is part of the Raiganj Lok Sabha seat the BJP had won a few months ago.
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